Volunteers raise more than $3 million during Chamber campaign

Monday, August 18, 2014

Greater OKC Chamber

OKLAHOMA CITY (Aug. 12, 2014) – The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber wrapped up its 21st Total Resource Development Campaign (TRDC) on Aug. 12 by raising $3,020,813. The 12-week campaign surpassed its goal by more than $120,000.

TRDC co-chairs John Higginbotham, Bank of Oklahoma, and Michael Laird, Crowe & Dunlevy, led more than 150 active volunteers. During the campaign, volunteers connected local businesses with membership, sponsorship and advertising opportunities that are available through the Chamber. Through the work of the volunteers, 168 local businesses became Chamber members.

“We had high hopes for the 2014 Total Resource Development Campaign and we are extremely excited about the support showcased by our volunteers in helping us surpass our expectations,” Higginbotham said. “The level of engagement we saw among our Chamber members serves as a reflection of the level of trust and commitment the business community holds in the mission of the Chamber.”

Volunteer Laure Majors, Frankfurt-Short-Bruza Associates, was awarded the Top Producer award for the 2014 TRDC campaign. Majors has received the award five consecutive years.

“Volunteers like Laure and companies like Frankfurt-Short-Bruza Associates represent the dedication and character of our TRDC participants,” Laird said. “The Oklahoma City business community understands that this campaign has a direct impact on the level of community and economic development efforts performed by the Chamber. The support the Chamber provides for Oklahoma City would not be possible without our TRDC volunteers.”

Barbara Anne DeBolt of GT Clean, Inc. received the Ray Ackerman Award for the third time. The award is given annually to the volunteer who recruits the most new members during the campaign. The award is named for Oklahoma City’s long-time business and community advocate.

The sponsorships and advertising opportunities offered during the campaign allow the Chamber to offer quality events and publications for member companies. Funds are also used to support the Chamber’s work in economic development, government relations, education and workforce development, community development and more. Through the 21 annual campaigns, volunteers have generated more than $40 million to support these efforts.

Higginbotham and Laird will co-chair the 2016 campaign, which will kick off its 22nd year in the spring.

For more information, contact Carrie Snodgrass, Media Relations Coordinator, at 405.297.8971 or csnodgrass@okcchamber.com.